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May 26, 2011 - 1:38 PM
My wife and I will be flying into Basel on July 9th and taking the train to Murren and stay 3 nights. We then return to Basel and travel to Colmar France. We will mainly be hiking and relaxing for the 3 days in Murren. When I do the math it appears that I'm better off not buying any of the Swiss passes. Am I overlooking a charge?

Thank you for your help.

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May 28, 2011 - 12:09 PM

Hi Dale, and welcome! You may indeed not need a pass for your stay in Mürren, if you plan to make limited use of public transportation in that region. However, a Swiss Transfer Ticket (CHF 130.00 per person) for your inbound and outbound trip (Basel-Mürren-Basel) is cheaper than buying regular tickets (CHF 147.20), so that's worth considering.

You may have found the tips on calculating travel fares already, but in case you didn't: the FAQ may be interesting.

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May 28, 2011 - 9:42 PM
Swiss train tickets without passes must easily be the most expensive in the world, if you are just planning a few days, why not hire a car ?

My TGV/air ticket from Switzerland to Australia (180 eur AirAsia including train to paris) cost less than a few days train travel in Switzerland
TGV Basel - Paris 20 EUR
PARIS - Kuala Lumpur 99 EUR
KL - Darwin via Bali 60 EUR
(All booked well in advance and INCLUDING all taxes, i must add)

3 moderate return journeys in Switzerland - well over 200 EUR with or without rail pass

Swiss rail passes/Half Tax Cards are only worthwhile if you intend to use them at least 6-7 times, even then if you look at the total cost, it is a bit of a shocker.


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